"[M]any commentators dismiss anarchism as utopian, formless, primitive, or otherwise incompatible with the realities of a complex society. One might, however, argue rather differently: that at every stage of history our concern must be to dismantle those forms of authority and oppression that survive from an era when they might have been justified in terms of the need for security or survival or economic development, but that now contribute to--rather than alleviate--material and cultural deficit."
This essay is a revised version of the introduction to Daniel Guerin's Anarchism: From Theory to Practice. In a slightly different version, it appeared in the New York Review of Books, May 21, 1970. Transcribed by firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Lear). Typeset in LaTeX by email@example.com (Ori Livneh).
December 13, 2016 Subject:
Fundemental Basics of Knowledge
On first listen, so many years ago, I had a sense that it was an important speech albeit over my head at the time. I'd like to spend many hours transcribing and searching the back stories that generate the conclusions Noam details. Has anyone seen such an analysis? As a scholarship jock I was fortunate to enjoy an old professor describe an insult to any worthy philosopher to be "unclear". Noam has a clarity, while beyond my understanding, I realize how much I have to learn and glad to write a first review that this talk is still brought up to NC 40+ years later. Lawson